Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater

Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for June 5, 2015
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Spy San Andreas
Tomorrowland Aloha
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
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Inside Out
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
Warrior Writers

at the Dietrich Theater

Empowering veterans through creativity

Next meeting - Monday,  June 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Call 570-996-1500 for future dates and info

Sponsored by: Tunkhannock Rotary Club

These writing workshops support artistic exploration and expression, provide a safe space to share our experiences in the military culture,  and are open to all veterans, and service members.

Fine Wine, Fine Art
Friday, June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Admission: $25

Paint, canvas, and instruction from Steve and Amy Colley is included. 

Bring your own snacks and wine. Ages 21 and older only; ID required. 

Gather up your friends and learn to paint from life in this evening workshop.
Reservations requested. Space is limited. Call 570-996-1500 for reservations. 
Open Mic Night - Jason Vo
Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. 
Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Dietrich Fundraising Committee
Seating is limited. 
Open Mic Night is back again. Come prepared to get on stage or to be entertained. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. After the community performance portion of the evening, Jason Vo will take the stage.  Hailing from northeastern Pennsylvania, Jason Vo is a guitarist specializing in both traditional and percussive fingerstyle.  Known for eliciting images of the music he plays, he aspires to transport people to another place whenever they listen to his compositions.  Jason has been featured on WVIA's Homegrown radio segment and will be playing pieces from his new and upcoming album Impressions.
Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information.
Shakespeare in the Park - Hamlet

Saturday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Presented by: Gamut Theatre Group

Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation

In this lovely summer evening Riverside Park venue, experience Gamut Theatre Group's eighty-minute version of Shakespeare's most profound and most-often performed play: Hamlet. After the performance there will be a talk-back session with the actors. Please bring your own blanket or chair.

Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information.

The Music of Irving Berlin
Sunday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Presented by: Dr. Phillip Atteberry
Sponsored by: the Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Learn about great American composer Irving Berlin's career, compositions and importance in shaping American popular thought in the 20th century. This presentation provides extensive musical excerpts to illustrate five periods of Irving Berlin's musical career. Each musical selection is accompanied by a discussion of the historical context and cultural climate of the time. Audiences learn how Berlin's songs reflected (and sometimes attempted to alter) the popular mood. Included are rare images of Berlin's sheet music and photographs from the time. Audience discussion is encouraged.
Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for reservations. Tickets will be available at the door while they last.
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan                
           It is a blissfully rainy day, chilly and autumnal, even though it is the first of June. I love a day like this, a day that breaks up the heat and endless sunshine of summer and lets us put on something cozy and soft and bake some bread and make a pot of soup. It’s a day to watch a bad movie on the telly or read a book or just reflect about life in general. And you don’t have to feel a whit of guilt because you aren’t outside weeding the endlessly growing garden.
     So I told the hubby that I would make a lovely pot of cream of cauliflower soup and he had to make a loaf of bread.  Well, I hope it’s a lovely pot of soup. I’ve never made it before, so I have to knock on wood and cross my fingers. On the other hand, unless you add a cup of dirt, there is no such thing as bad homemade soup. It’s always good. That’s just a fact of life.
     Okay, so I went to the most amazing event yesterday and I really want to tell you all about it. It was so incredible, showed the oft- times not-so-hot-human race in the finest light – and it was just, simply, awesome!
     So, first I have to give you a tiny bit of background. My husband and I have dear friends who are our neighbors – Ed and Amber Zygmunt. She is the woman with the most beautiful garden in the world, a lover of bees and butterflies, a woman with so much heart and soul that you know the world was simply better off the day she was born. And Ed spends most of his life fighting to make the world an environmentally safer and better place. He wants to make sure that the grandchildren and great grandchildren and on and on will have the  birds and the butterflies and the flowers and the bees to admire , to pollinate, to keep this planet teeming with life.
     They have a granddaughter – Montana Cole, daughter of Betsy and Art Cole, sister of Holden Cole, niece of Rebecca and Joe Lesco.  She is a beautiful;, beautiful eighteen year old girl, great student, gorgeous smile, martial arts teacher, athletic and looks like a typically healthy south auburn farm girl.  Except she’s not.
     A few years ago, Montana got Lyme  disease. The medical community says it can be bad but it lasts about two weeks and is gone. Or something. So, I don’t know what the medical explanation is, but Montana just got sicker and sicker. As so many with Lyme disease  do.  To Drs. And hospitals and insurance companies who deny its existence, I say – wake up, ladies and gents – it’s real and it’s devastating.
     Because medical science  says it’s not real, there is no insurance to cover it. Yup. None. Diddly squat. Montana doctored and doctored.  But in the end, it seems as if there is nothing to be done. And a few weeks ago, at Kevin Robinson’s martial arts studio, Montana suddenly couldn’t feel her legs, her feet. She crumbled to the floor. She was sent to Philadelphia by ambulance and, after a week or so of testing, she was sent  to Allied. Still, no feeling from the waist down. This strong, athletic girl was now wheelchair bound.
     There was a clinic in Kansas, they were told. Expensive but seems to help. Montana and her mother went there. In two weeks she had a little feeling in one foot. She came home.  They had recommended that Montana go to a clinic in Texas where they have very good results. But farmers aren’t made of money. They’re hardworking, thrifty folks, but these medical bills were catastrophic! They were running out of options for their precious girl.
     And so, yesterday, on a gorgeous sunny day, there was a fundraiser for the family at  the American Legion in Black Walnut. And that is what I wanted to tell you about. Thousands of people came. Every farm family in the area was there. People who were neighbors and relatives and friends.  Probably a hundred baskets had been donated to raffle. Auction items were spectacular and brought thousands of dollars apiece. People talked and joked and laughed and spent money – this child could have been their child – in a sense she was – and they came like the cavalry in old westerns. Their generosity was amazing! It was the most inspiring afternoon. Just watching the love that poured out for this beautiful young woman brought her dad, and many of the rest of us, to tears. I have never seen anything like it.
     And this I know. We all hope and pray that this miserable disease will loosen it’s grip on Montana, she doesn’t deserve it – no child does. But oh, my, my. She has been given such a gift. One to remember for all her life. She received overwhelming love – it poured out on a river of joy and generosity. The community came together and took care of one of their own. It was something. It really, really was!
     See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
What an evening of entertainment at the Dietrich’s Open Mic Night!  The event was kicked off by a duo performing Who’s On First? by Abbott & Costello.  They were a hoot!  Then a ventriloquist took the stage with funny jokes.  He was followed by a poet.  Then we were regaled with a lively story about why in England you drive on the opposite side of the road. And the storyteller was followed by two poets.  One of those poets was a seasoned performer and the other gave her first reading before an audience.  They were all wonderful.  I always enjoy seeing the diverse talents who take the stage for Open Mic.  Featured artist Josh Pratt then played a set. He is such a gifted performer – witty and entertaining.  And he is quite the songwriter and lyricist!  Thanks to Josh and all of our performers for coming out to Open Mic Night.
This month Open Mic Night will be held on Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. Our featured artist will be musician Jason Vo. Please join us, performers and audience members, for a wonderful evening.  Admission is free.  Seating and sign-ups to perform begin at 6:30 p.m.  Open Mic Night is sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee.
The following day is Founder’s Day in Tunkhannock.  Have you ever been? It’s a wonderful day of food, fun, activities and lots to see.  At the Dietrich we will be hosting the Nicholson Bridge: Past and Present Exhibit.  The display will include photos of its construction, present day photos and other artifacts and memorabilia that will remind us of the significance of the world’s largest steel reinforced concrete railway bridge which is right here in our own backyard!    
The Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee will also be very busy on Founder’s Day outside the theater.  They will have their annual basket raffle, and boy, let me tell you there are so many great baskets to choose from it will be difficult to decide what ones to take chances on.  Basket themes include Fisher Man, Let’s Party, Pamper Yourself, Lucky Lottery, Children’s Craft Kits, and more.  We would like to thank our basket raffle chair Linda Harvey and all of those who are donating to the raffle for their generosity. 
The fundraising committee will also be selling strawberry shortcake at Founders’ Day.  That’s right!  The Tunkhannock Tree Association sold strawberry shortcake at Founders’ Day for the past seven years.  Just delicious strawberry shortcake, I might add! And this year they passed the fundraiser on to the Dietrich to raise money for children’s programming.  And I must say the members of the Tunkhannock Tree Association are just wonderful (Yes, I know my mother is a member so I might be a little biased.).  But not only do they take care of all of our community’s trees, but they have been super generous with their time, expertise and resources as they pass this fundraiser on to the Dietrich.  They have provided us with their recipes, tools, materials and basically their playbook.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!  We are excited to be continuing the Founder’s Day strawberry shortcake tradition. 
Then on Founder’s Day night, the Dietrich will be presenting Shakespeare in the Park!  Gather up your friends, chairs or blankets, maybe a little picnic and join us at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park at 7 p.m. for an evening of live theatre!  See the Gamut Theatre Group of Harrisburg perform an eighty minute version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.   Admission is free.  The evening will be introduced by Tunkhannock’s own Bill Chapla and after the show there will be a talk back session with the cast.  We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for underwriting the event.
So mark your calendars for Founder’s  Day!  You won’t want to miss it. 
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